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Internship Positions Include:

Click on each position to learn more about position details, descriptions, and eligibility requirements!
Please note that these descriptions are not all-encompassing - click each position for more in-depth details.

Animal Husbandry Internships

- Giant Ocean Tank-  Giant Ocean Tank Interns work within our Giant Ocean Tank, a 200,000 gallon tank that is home to over 1,000 individual animals. Interns assist in basic husbandry for species such as bonnethead sharks, green eels, Myrtle the Green Sea Turtle, and more. This position requires a SCUBA Certification, 15 logged dives, and at least logged dives within the last 12-months.  Click to learn more about dive requirements for this internship, as well as more information on duties and responsibilities!

- Penguin Colony- Penguin Interns assist in basic husbandry for our Penguin Colony, which is home to Rockhoppers and African Penguins. This position requires that candidates are 5'4" in height to be considered for this Internship. Click to learn more about height requirements, as well as more information on duties and responsibilities!  

- Marine Mammals Husbandry- Marine Mammal Interns assist in basic husbandry for our Marine Mammal Center, which includes our Harbour Seals, Northern Fur Seals, and California Sea Lions. Please note that this is a 14-week commitment. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Marine Mammal Training- Marine Mammal Training Interns assist training staff in all aspects of animal welfare with a strong emphasis on operant conditioning, training techniques, marine mammal husbandry, and enrichment. Interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals. Second semester interns will have additional responsibilities and more advanced curriculum and mentoring. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Marine Mammal Enrichment- Enrichment Interns will a heavy focus on enrichment fabrication and overall implementation of the Marine Mammal enrichment program.  Interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Quincy Animal Care Center- Located at our Quincy facility for quarantine and holding, Quincy Animal Care Center Interns assist with any animals that may be currently housed in this building. This includes fiet prep and feeding, cleaning, facility maintenance, and more. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Quincy Live Foods-  Located at our Quincy facility for quarantine and holding, Quincy Live Foods Interns assist with our Larval Fish program, rearing them as well as breeding the live foods they need to survive. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Quincy Husbandry Dive - Located at our Quincy facility for quarantine and holding, Quincy Husbandry Dive Interns assist in the maintenance of our larger holding tanks, used to hold a variety of species such as sharks, stingrays, and teleosts. Please note that this position requires a SCUBA certification, 15 logged dives and 5 logged dives within the last 12-months. Click to learn more about dive requirements for this internship, as well as more information on duties and responsibilities!

- Sustainability Project- Sustainability Project Interns will work at our main Aquarium Building, our Quincy facility for quarantine and holding, and the Roger Williams University collecting and cataloging eggs and larvae from fishes exhibits. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities!

- Northern Waters Gallery- Northern Waters Interns work within our Cold Marine gallery, assisting in basic husbandry for a variety of species such as the Giant Pacific Octopus, Goosefish, and Atlantic Cod. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Temperate Gallery - Temperate Gallery Interns work within our Temperate Gallery, assisting in basic husbandry for a variety of species such as the Goliath Groupers, Sea Dragons, and more. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Tropical Gallery - Tropical Gallery Interns work within our Tropical Gallery, assisting in basic husbandry for a variety of species such as cuttlefish, clownfish, lionfish, and more. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Freshwater Gallery- Freshwater Gallery Interns work within our Freshwater Gallery, assisting in basic husbandry for a wide variety of species, such as piranhas, anacondas, catfish, and a variety of other reptiles and amphibians. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Floating Gallery- Floating Galleries aquarist interns assist staff with basic husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium’s Tropical, Temperate, Northern Waters, Freshwater, and Yawkey Coral Reef Galleries. The Galleries are home to animals of various Atlantic Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Caribbean, Indo-Pacific, and Amazon River Basin ecosystems. Interns have the opportunity to learn more about the daily care of animals while discovering the design and vision of aquarium exhibits. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities!

- Wet Lab and Edge of the Sea- Wet Lab Interns work within our Wet Lab and with our Edge of the Sea exhibit, assisting in basic husbandry for our juvenile fish exhibit, and more. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- West Wing Special Exhibit- West Wing Interns work within our West Wing and Special Exhibits, assisting in basic husbandry for our Shark and Ray touch tank, our Jellies exhibit, and more. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Yawkey Coral Gallery- Yawkey Interns work within our Yawkey Coral Reef Exhibit, assisting in basic husbandry for species such as the Black Brotula, Garden Eels, Dwarf Seahorses, and more. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

 

Animal Health Internships

- Aquarium Medical Center- Aquarium Medical Center Interns work in our Aquarium Medical Center, assisting our veterinarians and vet techs in the medical care of all in-house animals. Interns observe medical procedures, as well as assist in basic husbandry for animals under the care of the veterinary staff. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities!

-  Sea Turtle Rescue - Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitiation Interns work within our Quincy Rescue and Rehab facility, assisting in basic husbandry for wild sea turtles undergoing medical care from our veterinary staff. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Sea Turtle Rescue Clinical - Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Interns work with our Quincy Rescue and Rehab facility, by providing supporting for medical treatments for stranded, injured and diseased marine animals throughout the New England coastal region. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Sea Turtle Necropsy - Sea Turtle Necropsy Interns work within our Quincy Rescue and Rehabilitiation facility, assisting staff in post-mortem examinations of sea turtles. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Sea Turtle Data-  Sea Turtle Data Management Interns work within our Quincy Rehabilitation facilitiy, assisting with all administrative duties related to the sea turtle rescue operations. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

 

Museum Operations Internships

- Marketing and Communications - Marketing and Communications Interns work with our Marketing Department, assisting with daily operations and marketing projects. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Marketing and Communications, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life- ACCOL Marketing Interns work with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at New England Aquarium, assisting with promotion and publication of information related to the research efforts of the ACCOL Department. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Volunteer Programming - Volunteer Programming Interns work with our Office of Volunteer Programming and Internships, helping to manage and support our ~1,400 active volunteers and interns. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Development and Grant Writing- Development and Grant Writing Interns work with our Development Department, learning about grant-writing and fundraising within a non-profit/museum setting. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Human Resources: Human Resources Interns work with our Human Resources Department, assisting with daily operations related to hiring, as well as providing support for current staff. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Audio/ Visual Technology- Audio/Visual Technology Interns work with our IT Department, assisting with daily operations related to a wide variety of presentation-based needs, including troubleshooting exhibit spaces, presentation spaces, and events. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Information Technology- Information Technology Interns work with our IT Department, assisting with daily operations related to building technology, assisting with maintaining our Help Desk as well as providing both hardware and software based support. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

- Event Planning and Coordination- Event Planning Interns work with our Events Department, assisting with daily operations related to planning and hosting Aquarium events, both internal and external. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

 

Research Internships

Marine Mammal Education and Research- Marine Mammal Education and Research Interns work with the Boston Harbor Cruises Whale Watch team, participating in data collection and research related to marine mammals, as well as providing educational opportunities and support to whale watch attendees. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities!

- Whale Conservation Webmaster- Whale Conservation Webmaster Interns work with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, creating and maintaining a website dedicated to helping others learn more about whale phenology issues and publications about current whale research. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities!

- American Lobster Aquaculture- Lobster Aquaculture Interns work with our Lobster Lab raising juvenile lobsters and participate in research regarding lobster growth, development, and disease. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Aerial Survey- The aerial team has been conducting surveys in an area proposed for wind development off Massachusetts and Rhode Island since 2011. This work has greatly increased survey effort in these understudied areas and helped increase our understanding of the marine environment. Interns will not be directly involved in aerial survey or field work but may have the opportunity to observe and assist with survey preparation and ground operations as needed. Results from photo analysis work may support future publications. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Sustainable Seafood Messaging- Sustainable Seafood Messaging Intern to assist Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life staff in updating and supplementing sustainable seafood messaging and education for the Aquarium. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

-Shark Bycatch Research Database Intern - The Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies Program seeks an intern to conduct a thorough literature review on the topic of bycatch reduction in elasmobranchs. The intern will perform an exhaustive literature search and build a database to organize and catalog relevant papers. The intern will populate the database with information and data pulled from the literature. Click to learn more about other duties and responsabilities!

-Earth Science Data- Intern would compile details on earth orbiting satellite data, climate timeseries data, and earth system model outputs that may be applicable to marine ecosystem models. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

 

Education Internships

Marine Mammal Education and Research- Marine Mammal Education and Research Interns work with the Boston Harbor Cruises Whale Watch team, participating in data collection and research related to the marine mammals, as well as providing educational opportunities and support to whale watch attendees. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities!

- Visitor Education- Visitor Education Interns work with our Visitor Education Department, assisting with all visitor interactions and providing in-depth details regarding our exhibits and animals as well as promoting the importance of ocean sustainability and protection. Click to learn more about other duties and responsibilities! 

 

Externships

- Veterinary Technician - Extern- Veterinary Tech Externs complete a 6 week rotation with our Animal Health Department, working with our Veterinary Technician staff. Externs will be hands-on participants in medical observation and care of a wide variety of marine species. Please note, to be eligible for this position, applicants must be in their senior year or post-grad at an accredited Vet Tech program. Click to learn more about eligibility, as well as information about other duties and responsibilities. 

- Veterinary Student - Extern - Veterinary Externs complete a 6-8 week rotation with our Animal Health Department, working with our Veterinary staff. Externs will complete rotations throughout the building, completing hands-on learning in animal husbandry and marine veterinary medicine. Please note, to be eligible for this position, applicants must be in their 3rd of 4th year at an accredited Veterinary school, and must apply for the following school year. Click to learn more about eligibility, as well as information about other duties and responsibilities.

 

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